What makes the diving here so special is the coral, which
is both pristine and extremely varied. Reputed to be the best
diving in East Africa, the Pemba Channel, and specifically the area
around Mesali, has over 320 coral species - more than twice the
number of anywhere else in the region. An added plus is that you
will find no one else for miles; exploring these virgin reefs in
near-solitude adds a wonderful dimension to the experience.
Pemba Island is still relatively uncharted territory, but it has
plenty to offer: marine life of all sizes, acres of coral, an
untouched environment, and some brilliantly organized diving. Now
is the time to come.
To the south there are excellent dive sites but also the
incredibly picturesque Emerald Lagoon, more often than not dotted
with photogenic dhows. The best dive of all, and particularly on an
incoming tide, is Mapanduzi where you can drift along a wall and
see schools of hammerheads
or barracuda coming in on the strong currents.